Friday, 16 July 2010

Male's Having Babies

I'm a contributor to the Ogre Stronghold forum.

And have been having my two-penneth on a thread about the reproductive cycle and sexuality of Ogres. Now we don't need to go into my opinions here - if you are that bothered you can go and find them - it's pretty obvious which contributor I am.

What was frustrating about the discussion at times became stuck in the official fluff.

Sure the fluff is there for a reason, but it should also be kept in mind that it is also flawed, because it is very much focused on retelling the history from a particular perspective, and the supporting material is often bolted onto waht are essentially war stories.

What I find unsatisfactory is the way in which it limits possibilities.

For instance take Ogres.

The Empirecentric view of them as stupid and violent, intent on nothing more than murder and eating their victims. Yet at the same time Maneaters are said to be Ogres who have lived and fought in various lands throughout the known the world. Surely their is a contradiction here.

I'm not sure what the answer is exactly - the obvious would be for Black Library to support new writers, who want to explore the world in a way that their range of books do not at present.

But more than anything I would ask that people not use human norms and biology as the starting point for races that clearly not human.


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